Posted on September 9, 2014

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of Kenneth, as shared by his daughter Catherine, who is a part of our ADAO family.

We encourage you to submit your personal stories by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

“My Daughter Will Not Get to Know Her Grandfather”– Kenneth’s Story

Name: Kenneth

State: Michigan

Date of Birth: 25-DEC-1958

Date of Diagnosis: 10-JAN-2009

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 03-SEP-2013

How has asbestos changed your life?

The day my father told me he had mesothelioma was devastating. He lived up north in grayling Michigan where he was receiving treatment. When they started running out of options we started thinking of other venues. My husband and I invited him to live with us downstate so he could go to Karmanos Cancer Institute. There he received experimental treatments until one day he was too weak to undergo the treatments and was placed on hospice care. He passed away just 6 months after my daughter, his only grandchild was born. It hurts to think my daughter will not get to know her grandfather who loved her so much. We are coming up on one year since he has passed and I miss him every day. I was his caregiver throughout the rest of his days and I am so very happy I was able to do that for him.

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